High levels of lead found in fidget spinners

Dianna Christensen
November 10, 2017

But reports are showing that some fidget spinners being sold at Target have high levels of lead. The center circle of the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass tested for 33,000 parts per million of lead, the group said.

In an email to the researchers, Target's vice president of corporate responsibility said that the fidget spinners did not need to meet federal lead limits because they were not marketed as children's toys.

If you've purchased these toys and are anxious about lead exposure, U.S. PIRG is advising consumers to stop using the two fidget spinner models immediately, and to place them in a bag out of reach of children.

Due to its harmful effects on child development, federal laws limit the amount of lead in children's products to 100 ppm of total lead content.

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In the meantime, U.S. PIRG still recommends for adults and children to stop using the fidget spinners. The group says parents should check for the age recommendation on the package - anything for children under 12 are subject to a range of tests, including for lead.

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"All fidget spinners have play value as children's toys regardless of age labeling", said U.S. PIRG Education Fund toxics director.

"We advise parents to remove the two fidget spinners that we identified from children's use and join us in calling on Target to immediately recall them".

Exposure to high levels of lead has been shown to cause lead poisoning, which can cause organ damage and long-term health problems.

When USPIRG notified Target about the lead levels it detected, the retailer said it wouldn't take the spinners off the shelves. "All of our product are tested and comply with [Consumer Product Safety Commission] safety standards". "We can't sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys - and yes, these are toys".

Target has failed to comment about why they would sell a product that could be unsafe for children or adults.

"It's on the center, it's the part that you're interacting with, so it's definitely a hazard for children", said Tamara Rubin, who runs the "Lead Safe Mama" blog.

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